Monday, February 14, 2011

A Letter To Office Manager Linda Matthews On The Upcoming Meeting With Congresswoman Marcia Fudge As To The Imperial Ave. Murders, Community Issues

Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11)

To: Linda Matthews, Scheduler and office manager for Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

From: Kathy Wray Coleman, the Imperial Women Coalition

Date: February 14, 2011

Re: Scheduled meeting with the Congresswoman of Feb. 24, 2011 at 6 pm at the district office (Address is 4834 Richmond Rd, Suite 150, Warrensville Hts, Oh. Park at side of building. Congresswoman Fudge's district telephone number is 216-522-4900. To reach the Imperial Women call 216-932-3114).

Dear Ms. Matthews:

We thank Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, you and other members of the Congresswoman's staff for embracing the grassroots community on pertinent issues of public concern. The Imperial Women, the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Black on Black Crime and Carl Stokes Brigade members, the People's Forum, the Oppressed People's Nation, Ohio Family Rights, the MLK Coalition, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network, People for the Imperial Act, Workers World, the People's Fight Back Center, Bail Out the People Movement, and People for the Fair Treatment of Joaquin Hicks make up the Imperial Women Coalition.

We are a strong, diverse and cohesive group committed to enhancing community outcomes for the betterment of all involved, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. Part of our thrust is a push for a change in public policy via congressional legislation and support from this office on state and local issues within its purview. Support in general can mean numerous efforts such as a simple letter of support and we would respectfully request, with all due respect, that this office specifically address if possible each and every concern we bring before you at the upcoming meeting.

While the Imperial Avenue Murders is a focus issue we have various matters we would like addressed. I need to make it clear that though we believe the Imperial Avenue families are worthy of our friendships we are an activist group focused not on individuals as to the Imperial Avenue Murders but on seeking a change in public policy through congressional legislation, state statutes and city ordinances. Hence, we purposely do not seek personal relationships where we sometimes must do unpopular things to seek redress for the injustices lodged relative to the murders of the 11 Black women, including community protests. It would be easy to be liked if we were to provide food and gifts to the families of crime victims, sometimes as a means to ingratiate ourselves with them to derail pending civil litigation around the murders. It is often when we seek accountability for the murders that some people seek to undermine what we are doing. It is, as you may well know, better to be respected than liked and our Coalition is well respected. Also , since many of the families are suing as to the Imperial Ave. Murders their lawyers have silenced them temporarily as to public venues.

We thank the Congresswoman for the previous congressional resolution as to the Imperial Avenue Murders and hope that it will soon be adopted by Congress. It is a worthy gesture that deserves the endorsement of America's most powerful and influential legislators, and it reminds us that rape and murder against women, Black women in particular, will not be taken lightly.

A list of the speakers and issues to be presented with the permission of the Congresswoman are as follows:

Two family members of the Imperial Ave Murder victims: The Imperial Ave. Murders

Larry Bressler, Leader of Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign: Support for federal funding set to leave Cleveland on housing issues impacting poor people, minorities, women and children, including cuts to Section Eight programs

Donna Brown, Black on Black Crime, Ladyvanguard: The Cleveland Public Schools Transformation Plan, mayoral control and the slated closing by Cleveland Clinic officials of its trauma center at Huron Hospital in the predominantly Black city of E. Cleveland that serves poor Black people and others from Cleveland and E. Cleveland

Barbara Bickerstaff, the MLK Coalition: The necessity of representative diversity as to the appointments by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to his cabinet, boards and commissions

Charles E. Bibb: Chairperson of the MLK Coalition- A follow-up as to Bickerstaff on the trauma center and the governor's appointments to his cabinet, boards and commissions

Ward 6 Precinct Committee Person John Boyd: Community Issues

Tiesha Cole, the Imperial Women and Kathy Wray Coleman, Leader of the Imperial Women: Issues as to the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland, the need for racial diversity as to the City of Cleveland's top level law enforcement leadership team and the need for Ohio trial court judges to be assigned and reassigned to cases at all times by random draw. Coleman will also address harassment by the City of Cleveland and former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Ann Keough, who sought to illegally sentence her for allegedly resisting arrest when sole White male arresting deputy sheriff Gerald Pace did not accuse her of any crime and did not testify as required by the Sixth Amendment (Coleman claims retaliation for articles as a journalist then in the Call and Post Newspaper and her community activism).

Willie Stokes, the Imperial Women and John Hunter, a brother of slain Imperial Ave. victim Amelda Hunter and a cousin of slain Imperial Ave victim Crystal Dozier: The request for an immediate investigation as to why serial killing suspect Anthony Sowell was released from police custody in 2008 where six of the 11 women murdered on Imperial Ave. in Cleveland were murdered thereafter (Sowell is now in custody and awaiting trial on numerous counts of aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping. He faces the death penalty).

Linda Jones and Betty Brown, the Imperial Women and Betty Brown is a leader of the County Grand Jury.Org: Constitutional issues and the need for support for a state law that precludes the offices of county and city prosecutors and law directors from serving as attorneys for trial court judges where they have undue influence over them as to sentencing etc in criminal cases and otherwise

Roz McAllister, the Imperial Women, Ohio Family Rights: The need for support for struggling Ohio families during an economic downfall and compliance with state and federal law as to the mistreatment of poor families in Ohio

Khalid Samad, Leader of Peace in the Hood: Social justice issues and the unconstitutional mistreatment of Blacks and others by the courts

Frances Caldwell, the Imperial Women, the Cleveland African-American Museum: The importance of a thriving African-American Museum in Cleveland and a request for federal funding around the issue

Art McKoy- Founder of Black on Black Crime: Social justice issues

Tina Bronaugh, the Imperial Women and the mother of Destini Bronaugh: The need for the dismissal of all criminal charges by the City of Cleveland against Collinwood High School graduate Destini Bronaugh that came in retaliation for her participation in a peaceful student protest at the school last May around teacher layoffs and school closings, though protest activities are protected via the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

Thomas Kim Hill, the Imperial Women, the People's Forum and the Immigrant Support Network: Support for the Rebeccas Whitby and Destini Bronaugh and opposition to the Iraq War

Valerie and Stewart Robinson, the Imperial Women, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor: Issues impacting greater Cleveland's poor community.

Denise Hicks- People for the Fair Treatment of Joaquin Hicks: The necessity for a new trial for Joaquin Hicks now serving 61 years to life for allegedly arranging a robbery, allegedly in his absence, that led to the murder and attempted murder of two Cleveland Clinic employees (Note: Jury irregularities existed where jurors allegedly deliberated with the assistance of cell phones).

Abdul Qahhar, Leader of the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party- A request for support for an investigation as to the 1993 Lucasville Riots where innocent Black and other men were placed on death roll and sentenced to life in prison.

Other grassroots affiliates slated to participate during the meeting include Carl Newman-Bey, Destini Bronaugh, Ada Averyhart, David Jones and Gene Whitte.